Or let’s not … it’s bleak. Let’s also not talk about the news, at least not the local news. The most intriguing headlines I found during my early morning vigil were American and Canadian, both involving bears. I think the zucchini wins?
Over here, we call zucchini ‘baby marrows’. Or, if we want to pretend we spent a lot of time in Europe, we call them ‘courgettes’. Whatever they’re called, I’ve never seen one big enough to ward off a hamster, let alone a bear.
While searching for zucchini trivia, I came across a mystifying quote by John Gould, “The first zucchini I ever saw I killed it with a hoe.” Of course I had to find out why. Turns out Mr Gould wrote a book called Monstrous Depravity: A jeremiad and a lamentation [about things to eat]. It turns out the book is quite a collectors item and I shall have to try and get myself a copy off Amazon.com.
In the meantime, I’m going to roast some vegetables and make soup. As one does at 4.45am …
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – John Gould.